Motocross

Dogfight for title continues at Catalan GP in Bellpuig

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After a quick visit to Portugal, the FIM Motocross World Championship is set to continue this weekend in the Catalan region of Spain, hosting the fifth of 15 Grand Prix‰Ûªs at the classic Bellpuig circuit.
Grand Prix of Portugal winner Clement Desalle
The Grand Prix of Portugal marked a return to victory dais for Clement Desalle after missing the previous Grand Prix in Valkenswaard with a dislocating his right shoulder. The Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 racer rode strong in Agueda and needs more wins to make up for the disappointing DNF in Valkenswaard and cut the gap to Championship leader Tony Cairoli.

The Italian of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1, who was third overall last year at Bellpuig, took second in Portugal, enough to keep his championship leaders red plate.

Taking as many points as Cairoli in Agueda, team mate Max Nagl still holds second in the MX1 series and his podium return in Portugal was a confidence booster for the forthcoming GP in Bellpuig, another hard pack course.

A crash in Portugal cost Yamaha Monster Energy‰Ûªs David Philippaerts an overall podium as the Italian was all set on a top three finish after ending third in heat one. Unfortunately strong pain in his hand hampered his performances in the second heat and the Italian may struggled.

Fourth placed in the Championship Steve Ramon also struggled with pain in Portugal after a crash in qualifying while Frenchman Xavier Boog of Kawasaki Racing narrowly missed out on his first season‰Ûªs podium, a goal which has been postponed to Catalunya.

The other Kawasaki Racing rider Jonathan Barragan will not be in Bellpuig as a leg injury ruled him out before the Dutch Grand Prix.

The 2009 Catalan GP winner has not yet set a date for his return to action.

TM Racing Factory‰Ûªs Anthony Boissiere will try and chase his best result of his first MX1 season at the venue where he took a heat win and a podium finish in 2009.

With Manuel Priem out due to an injury he picked up in Sevlievo, Aprilia Racing will line up American Billy Laninovich from the forthcoming Catalan GP.

Defending MX2 Champion Marvin Musquin of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 returned to victory in dominant style last round and as a result is back on top of the MX2 Championship standings.

Musquin rode two flawless heats in Portugal to take two wins and snatch the red plate from Ken Roczen, who had just taken it in Valkenswaard where the Frenchman had a bad weekend.

The Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2 rider dropped back to second in the Championship after taking third on the Portugal. His attempts to stop Musquin where hampered by a tangle with a lapped rider in heat two.

Other Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 team member Jeffery Herlings was sandwiched in between the duo on Agueda‰Ûªs podium. After his maiden GP win in Valkenswaard, the 15 year old‰Ûªs is shaping up to be third big factor in this year‰Ûªs MX2 World Championship.

Kawasaki CLS‰Ûª Steven Frossard had a weekend to forget in Portugal after coming into the round full confidence after his maiden podium on the sand in Valkenswaard. The hard pack specialist had several crashes but will try to make up for that in Bellpuig as he still sits in fourth place in the Championship.

Agueda marked the best GP result of the season for Bike-it Cosworth Yamaha UK‰Ûªs Zac Osborne who took fourth overall. The American looks forward to Bellpuig where he will also see the debut of countryman Leib on the Rockstar Energy Bud Racing Kawasaki.

Bellpuig will be the first GP of 2010 for Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross‰Ûª Guiltier Paulin, who injured himself before the start to the season in Bulgaria.

Taking his first and only MX2 GP win in Bellpuig last year, Jeremy Van Horebeek of Kawasaki CLS will try to jump back onto the podium which would be the first Grand Prix podium on Kawasaki for the Belgian.

Main Photo: MX2 Wunderkid Ken Roczen

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